Newcastle Linked With Prolific Catalan Striker

Newcastle are reported interested in Red Bull Salzburg striker Jonathan Soriano, and in the last two seasons, since he joined the Austrian club from Barcelona, he has scored an amazing 82 goals in 96 appearances.

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Jonathan Soriano – 28 year-old Catalan striker

But one thing not in his favor is that the former Barcelona B player turns 29 in September, and the report in Football Direct News is that Bafe Gomis is a top target for Newcastle, but that this player is also on the list – but how far down the list we don’t know.

Because Mike Ashley owns Football Direct news – maybe these reports could have some truth in them – but maybe not.

Spanish-born Soriano joined Espanyol back in 2002, and then in 2009 he moved to Barcelona where he played mainly for the Barcelona B side (47 appearances and 37 goals) and just once for the Barcelona first team.

He has played four times with one goal for Catalonia, and played for all the Spanish Youth sides with 4 appearances at the U21 level where  he scored 8 goals, and in 25 total appearances for all the Spanish youth sides, he scored 28 goals.

Not too bad.

So at least the 28 year-old certainly seems to have an eye for goal, but if we were to hazard a guess we’d say Newcastle will sign only one older striker, if any at all, and it seems that we may go after Soriano only if Newcastle cannot get Bafe Gomis to Tyneside.

And last season the 5’11” tall Catalan striker finished top scorer in the Europa League with 11 goals in 9 matches for the Austrian club.

He definitely seems a decent back-up for Gomis, and in the  last 24 hours it seems that Newcastle are indeed trying to sign free-agent  Gomis, and we think he would be a good signing for the club.

But why didn’t we try to get him tied up earlier in the year?

What do you think?

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